In Taiwan at the moment and before more updates follow I just want to share a quick post about a Japanese sushi restaurant I went to recently in Taipei called Yoinn.Continue reading “Yoinn, Taipei”
Category: fine dining
A critical appraisal of hospital food
On a recent 4 night trip to hospital me and my SO had the privilege sampling the very best the NHS has to offer in terms of hospital food.
I must admit my expectations were fairly low, which is a bit harsh considering I’ve eaten a cat food stir fry; but who cares, what’s up first?
Erm. orange juice, some desert thing, pork chop avec une carrot et potato sauce.
The first thing that strikes me before I sample what I’m sure will be absolutely delicious meal, is just how accomplished the chef’s knife skills are. Every bit of carrot diced to symmetrical perfection:
And the taste? Fairly cuboid but with all the corners on the inside … and watery.
Next up the potato sauce:
This was actually quite nice; rich and umami with a dash of texture one did not expect on such a tight budget of approximately zero pence.
Next up the pork chop!
Which looks hopelessly dry and barren and chewy and lost and hopeless, but was perplexingly rather nice and edible. Shocked! I tell thee!
And finally on to dessert, which I think is some kind of crumble with custard:
Perfectly acceptable and edible.
The next evening the entree was – I think – a burger. And once again our old friends carrot and potato made a welcome appearance:
One thing I need to draw your attention to is the gravy which seems to exist in a kind of quantum state. Let’s get the microscope and explore more of this microcosmos of food heaven:
As you can see, it has a gravy component and a strange unidentified negative spin anti component of yellow, which you might think is saturated fat, but I’m not so sure, I think it’s just grease. Anyway, ‘Burger Extravaganza’ was totally edible.
The next evening we were served more expertly diced vegetables, potato sauce and some kind of sausage entity:
This was fine and the sausage tasted exactly like the ones you get down the chip shop except without the batter.
On our final evening we had vegetarian calzone, or collapsed lasagne or I really have no idea what this was:
And this too was totally edible and not as sickly or undercooked as it looks!
So that’s my review of hospital food over four incredible evenings. My expectations were surpassed and I was impressed with the level of tasti-ness the food had, despite some questionable presentation skills (which I know the chef is working on).
But you may be asking, why were we in hospital?
This wee guy arrived, 8.9 lbs 6.44 PM May 23:
But what do you think? Been to hospital recently? What did you have? A girl? A potato? Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know!
Things I’ve Learned Stuffing Myself In Taiwan
Star anise ribs, chicken with chili, potato starch prawns, intestine, stinky tofu and chili, chicken with glutenous rice flour balls, green beans, stir fried squid.
In Taiwan you will experience things you probably wouldn’t get a chance to in the West; over the past couple weeks I’ve had things like fish jaw, intestines, jellied pork blood, sea urchin and god knows whatever else. Continue reading “Things I’ve Learned Stuffing Myself In Taiwan”
M&S Lunch Takeaway Disaster
I was down my local Marks & Spencers fancy supermarket where all the posh office workers go to buy their quinoia salads and asparagus and I was all like “I, too, would like to give the impression that I am posh and have more disposable income that I know what to do with”.
And so it came to pass that the first few minutes of my lunch hour were spent in a daze of confusion as a plethora of ethnic and exotic foods greeted me: honey glazed salmon, mustard infused balsamic dressed edamame, slow roasted ham hock and I was all like “shall I just get a cheese and onion pasty from Greggs?”. But then I walked past the salad section and for a very reasonable price of £2.30 saw a tiny tub of SPIRIT of SUMMER Rice, Aduki Bean, Mango & Coconut Salad and I was all like “uh that looks pretty pretentious and horrible. Let’s prove my simple prejudices correct by buying it” So I did!
On getting back to my professional day job’s IT desk I inspected the inside of the packet:
It appears the ingredients have infected by camera phone and forced the orientation into portrait. Anyway, how does it taste?
Even before sampling a mouthful I know how it’s going to go down: there will be an annoying taste of raw red pepper and it will smack slightly of Uncle Ben’s Rice Pots.
In addition, the rice is sticky – in an unwanted sexy way – and the pineapple sauce is really sweet. The Aduki beans could easily pass for rabbit poo and after eating half the tub I give up and toss the packet into the bin.
On the plus side…!
There is no plus side. Stick to Greggs and save yer money. While you’re at it, hook me up on Twitter.
Findus Crispy Pancakes – Three Cheese
I was down my local grocery store and saw these in the freezer section and I was all like “mmmm, cheese”…
I saw this Pot Noodle in my local Tesco Metro and wondered “why is Pot Noodle so maligned? I think it is just mizzundastood!”
So I set myself the challenge of bringing Pot Noodle kicking and screaming into the 21st century by including it in a delicious but complex fine dining experience… Continue reading “Pot Noodle”